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March 13, 2016 2:21 am

European Student Organization Declares Opposition to BDS, Condemns Antisemitism

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University of Vienna. Photo: website

University of Vienna. Photo: website

A major European student organization this week issued a sharp statement against campus antisemitism and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

“There are rising violent antisemitic attacks,” said the joint statement by the University of Vienna’s Green Party, Socialist Student Association and the Communists-Left List, “on, above all, American universities, which are connected to BDS and Israel Apartheid Week. Academic events from Jewish professors are regularly disrupted.”

Nor are American campuses alone in this, noted Camila Garfias, a member of the Socialist student group: “Antisemitic violence is part of daily life in Europe.” The joint statement asserted that Jews no longer felt safe in France, and that synagogues and business had been vandalized in Paris and in Germany.

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Karin Stanger, a student from the Green Party, added, “As a student organization at the University of Vienna, we condemn every form of antisemitism … and antisemitism in the new form of BDS.”

The three student groups issuing the statement form the governing coalition in the student parliament at the University of Vienna.

The Jerusalem Post noted that this appeared to be the first significant European opposition to the growing anti-Israel and antisemitic climates on campuses in Europe and abroad.

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  • CDS is yet another initiative with a similar focus (also initiated mainly by Vienna based members) – CDS stands for Challenging Double Standards. Read the letter at http://cds-call.tumblr.com/

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    What a surprising positive development.Even more surprising that it comes from Vienna!I hope this attitude spreads to other European universities soon.And quite correct too that a student from the Green Party referred to BDS as the new form of antisemitism.To all those students involved in this,one can only say : “Thank you and well done!”.

  • stevenl

    But the EU NGOs will continue to pump anti-IL dollars to the Palestinians. Stupid antisemitism finally rewarded.

  • stevenl

    It appears that some groups start to realize now that Islamism is far more dangerous than Jews!!!
    Merkel over-plaid her hand.

    • Reform School

      “Merkel over-plaid her hand.”
      Was her hand pressing over a plaid-clad lap, or was her pandering for Leftist, Muslim & Arab votes overplayed? Where is your grammar? In the kitchen baking cookies?

    • Reform School

      “Merkel over-plaid her hand.”

      Was her hand pressing over a plaid-clad lap, or was her pandering for Leftist, Muslim & Arab votes overplayed?

      Where is your grammar? In the kitchen baking cookies?

      Half the Jew-bashing BDS movement is funded by the Sunni side of Muslim Street, Saudi petrodollars filtered back to college campuses in the form of endowments, grants, and stipends. The other half comes from the Shiity side of Islam Street, Iranian petrodollars spent similarly.

      The Quran reserves Israeli land (including most of Jordan) for the Jews, but when did scripture dissuade bigoted zealots posing as priests from stirring ancient blood libels, agitating ignorant masses to subdue them?

    • Bridget

      Jews aren’t dangerous dear, not in any way. All we do is contribute positively to society.

  • Lia

    Students who grasp something of history.

  • What is important here is not just that it’s a European student organization condemning anti-Semitism and the BDS movement but that it’s a far leftist one. The merit of the stance taken by this group should easily be seen by people of all ideologies. Condemnation of bigotry is something upon which we can all agree.

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